(Medicinal Herbs) Chives

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Chives Scientific Names and Common Names,Chives Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Chives Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Medicinal Herbs)  Chives


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Nutrient Content | How Sold | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Chives Flower Opening
Chives Flower

Allium schoenoprasum L.LiliaceaeLily family

Common Names

Rush Leeks
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Parts Usually Used

The aerial parts, above the ground
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Chives are hardy perennials; grow in clumps of small white bulbous roots that send off numerous fine, grass-like, hollow green spears. The root bulbs develop in clusters; they send up a thin stalk on which appear in early summer a lavender blossom that is actually a cluster of tiny blooms. Seeds follow the flowers. Some gardeners say chives repel Japanese beetles and black spot on roses, scab on apples, and mildew on cucubits; this has not been proven.
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Where Found

Found all over Europe, East Asia, the Orient, and from the Caucasus right up to Siberia.
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Medicinal Properties

Stimulant, diuretic, tonic
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Biochemical Information

Mustard oil
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Chives are an ancient herb brought to the West from China by Marco Polo. One of the French fines herbes, chives possess a delicate onion flavor and are an important addition to a kitchen garden. In centuries past people hung chives in their homes, from ceilings and bedposts, to ward off evil and disease.

First discovered in China 5000 years ago, chives later became popular in Europe not only for their subtle onion flavor but because of the widespread belief that their grasslike leaves chase away evil spirits and disease.

Chives contain a large amount of mustard oil which gives them their sharp taste.

Garlic chives are chives with a mild garlic flavor. They are called Chinese chives (A. tuberosum) or they can use the same name as ordinary chives. Also known as Oriental garlic, Chinese leeks, and gow choy. They are taller than regular chives, with numerous star shaped white flowers that appear in late summer and early fall. Garlic chives are used in Oriental dishes to give them their characteristic flavor.
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Chives stimulate the appetite and aid in digestion. Useful in anemia and as a blood cleanser. Clears phlegm in catarrh.
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Formulas or Dosages

Chives must be eaten fresh to receive maximum benefit.
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Nutrient Content

High in vitamin C and iron
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How Sold

At the supermarket, dried in the spice section
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